COMIC TITLE: Rockstars #1 (2016)
Kelly Fitzpatrick– Artist
Joe Harris– Writer
December 14, 2016
I was trying to figure out what to read for today because it’s Sunday (Sunday! Sunday!) and I thought it would be a great time to try and read a comic maybe that I have always wanted to check out. Earlier in the year, I went on Image’s website to see upcoming releases when I noticed a comic that quickly earned my full attention based on my love of rock and metal. The comic that I am talking about is called Rockstar and the first issue was released in December of 2016 and it featured Joe Harris (The X-Files) as the writer and Kelly Fitzpatrick (DC Comics: Bombshells) as the artist. There are so many stories that we hear that happens in the rock world that blows our mind. We often wonder how true can these stories really be or are they just the work of legends that makes us view them in a different way. These types of things fascinate me and they certainly fascinate our main character in the comic in Jackie Mayer. There is an unsolved murder case from the 70’s that involves the murder of groupies and a band called Blue Rider that catches Jackie’s attention especially when they are happening again more than 30 years later. Jackie plans to investigate it, but how far is too far for him?
All the times that I had been going to the comic book store, I do not understand how I never crossed paths with this one. This comic book is exactly right up my alley as far as topics that instantly catch my full attention. I am such a rock and metal music nerd that I am totally geeking out over this comic and it has a really cool premise. Jackie is enough of a nerd that he is piecing together information that he is noticing from all the research he has done and he is seeing patterns. Apparently, he lives in the right state to be investigating all this stuff, but there is one issue. Blue Rider, the fictional band in the comic has a very striking resemblance to Led Zeppelin even though that band is also mentioned in the comic. It’s a little confusing at first because you think OK they are parodying Zeppelin, but then they mention the band right afterwards. I love the artwork in this comic because it has a very 70-ish rock and roll style to it that looks dangerous and definitely feels cool. I am a huge fan as I said and I look forward to reading more from this series for sure. Check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A+